April 2014

Steven Maxie of Napaskiak speaks at the Yupiit Nation Tribal Forum.

Stephen Maxie of Napaskiak speaks at the Yupiit Nation Tribal Forum.

The Kuskokwim’s king salmon will be running within a matter of weeks. With unprecedented early summer fishing restrictions, people are trying to figure out how to fill their freezers. Representatives of the Yupiit Nation attempted to answer that question during the first day of a tribal forum in Bethel.

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Kuskokwim River near Aniak. - Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

Kuskokwim River near Aniak. – Courtesy of Bethel Search and Rescue

A mild winter in Southwest Alaska combined with low snowfall is resulting in what hydrologists say will likely be a “thermal break up,” and what some call a “mush out.

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Representatives from Alaska’s Public Health Department along with a pair of special guests took over the KYUK radio-waves this morning to discuss the controversial and rumor-milling topic of immunizations.

Hear the facts and the myths from experts, as well as some personal stories on the subject.

Learn more by streaming the show:

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17-year-old Mary Pingayak of Chevak is a 2014-15 Gates Millennium Scholar.

17-year-old Mary Pingayak of Chevak is a 2014-15 Gates Millennium Scholar.

Three high school students from Alaska have been chosen as recipients of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship for the 2014 – 15 academic year.
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Crews battle 6th Avenue fire in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK.

Crews battle 6th Avenue fire in Bethel. Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK.

There is one confirmed fatality in a house fire Tuesday afternoon on 6th avenue in Bethel.
The deceased was an adult, but the body was unidentifiable to fire crews.

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George Young, Bethel’s Fire Chief and acting Police Chief said Tuesday afternoon that his team has searched the entire house after the blaze and confirmed that there was only one death.

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photo courtesy of DNR

photo courtesy of DNR

The state of Alaska is warning people in the Southwest region that fire danger is high right now and discouraging activities that could spark a blaze. Fire officials took a flight around the region last week, says Hans Smith, a fire management officer with the Division of Forestry, and what they saw worries them.
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THANK YOU!

by Mike Martz on April 29, 2014

To everyone here in Bethel, across the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta and around our state, whether you gave to KYUK, Alaska Public Media or another public media outlet, thank you for contributing!  You are the reason we are still standing, strong, proud and in partnership with you to make our communities successful.

 

THANK YOU!

Kuskokwim River looking upstream from Aniak. Photo by Dave Cannon.

Kuskokwim River looking upstream from Aniak. Photo by Dave Cannon.

The Kuskokwim river continues to rapidly rot out. There is now as much as 35-45 miles of open water above Chuathbaluk and an open lead at Kalskag. As temperatures rise and the last of the snowpack melts, crews are flying the river to assess flood potential and stop in Kuskokwim communities.
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